Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

A Lesson in Englishness

There are only five other black girls in our class of twenty-six…
From the author of the critically-acclaimed House of Stone, listed for the Folio Prize, is a short story about growing up in Zimbabwe
A country school girl attends the prestigious Girls' College in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and she learns how to be English. She learns pronunciations, learns to pour, sip, and hold tea, and even learns to laugh the English way— Hahaha!…Hahaha… Haaaaa haaaaa haaaa…
But things begin to change for the pupils of Girls' College when Zimbabwe's new president calls for 'A' grade schools to enrol more black pupils.
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